Human Resources Legislative Update
Ontario to Introduce Legislation Requiring Employers to Disclose Information Regarding Electronic Monitoring of Employees
Date: February 24, 2022
On February 24, 2022, the Ontario government announced its plan to introduce legislation later this month that would require employers to inform their workers if and how they are being monitored electronically. If passed, Ontario will be the first province to require electronic monitoring policies.
As the government states, the intention of this legislation is to protect workers’ privacy by requiring employers to be transparent about how it tracks employees’ use of electronic devices, including computers, cell phones and GPS systems.
The government states that under this legislation, employers with 25 or more workers will be required to have a written electronic monitoring policy in place for all employees, whether those employees work in the workplace, at home, or in the field. The policy would need to disclose whether the employer electronically monitors its workers, and if so, how and in what circumstances the employer does this and the purposes for which the information is collected.
We will continue to monitor developments related to the government’s announcement and will provide a further update when the new legislation is made available.
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